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29 Aug 2018 description

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has now reached a crucial point as cases are confirmed in a highly unstable area.

The Health Ministry in DRC has received reports of 111 cases of Ebola, with 83 confirmed and 28 probable, centred in North Kivu Provence. Of these cases, 14 healthcare workers have been infected, with one who has died.

03 Aug 2018 description

On 1 August 2018, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after confirming four new cases in the Mangina area, in the territory of Beni, North Kivu.

UK aid agency CAFOD is already working alongside local partners in the area and has contacted specialists in Caritas Congo who responded to the Ebola outbreak in Equateur province.

Bernard Balibuno, CAFOD's country representative in DRC, who is already on the ground, said:

13 Apr 2018 description

Des millions de personnes touchées par la crise humanitaire en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) sont exposées à une aggravation de la faim et à une augmentation des maladies et des décès en raison d’un manque crucial de financement de la réponse humanitaire, alerte une coalition réunissant 20 ONG internationales à l’occasion de la conférence des bailleurs se réunissant ce jour à Genève.

13 Apr 2018 description

Millions of people caught up in a humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo risk rising levels of hunger, death and disease due to a lack of aid funding, a coalition of humanitarian organisations warned ahead of a conference in Geneva today.

12 Apr 2018 description

Funding is urgently needed to avert a catastrophe in DR Congo, says CAFOD

At a UN Pledging Conference this week (13 April) in Geneva, international aid donors will be battling to raise the profile of an under-funded, and worsening humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo).

Bernard Balibuno, CAFOD's country representative in DR Congo said:

25 Nov 2016 description

By Rhea Bhardwaj (Humanitarian Capacity Development Manager) and Timothy Cohen (Emergency Support Officer). November, 2016

The number, scale and severity of humanitarian crises is posing a big challenge to the international humanitarian system’s capacity to respond. The number of crisis-affected people dependant on humanitarian aid is growing as is the funding gap. At the forefront of the response are local organisations who are amongst the first ones to respond, have better knowledge of the context and better acceptance from the crisis affected communities.

17 Jan 2016 description

CAFOD welcomes the UN High Level Panel report on the growing issue of how the international community can meet the financial costs of responding to humanitarian crises.

03 Dec 2014 description

02 December 2014

Dear Special Envoy,

Following your visit to Goma, DRC, the non-governmental organizations signatory to this letter welcome you to your post, and expresses support of your mission in DRC. As organizations operational in the Kivus, we recognize the challenges in front of you and look forward to working with you and your office towards ensuring effective humanitarian assistance to those in need, whilst addressing key structural and longer-term needs to enable the effective transition from conflict to stability, and to sustainable development.

21 Mar 2014 description

Saturday 22 March is World Water Day. CAFOD’s Beth Rattigan visited one community in DR Congo, to witness first-hand the huge difference clean water can make.

It’s a three hour, 30 kilometre four wheel drive journey from Goma in Eastern DRC, to the village of Rukwi. Access to this village is poor, on one of the worst roads I’ve ever travelled on. I arrived, accompanied by a local CAFOD staff member and staff from our partner, Caritas Goma, at the newly completed water treatment unit, to be greeted by 20 ululating women, thanking me for bringing water to their village.

09 Aug 2013 description

CAFOD is concerned at the recent escalation in violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

In recent weeks, heavy fighting has been reported between the Congolese army and the rebel group M23 near the eastern town of Goma.

M23 has been accused of systematically destroying villages, looting, raping, and recruiting children into its ranks. The most recent spate of violence began on 14 July in areas around Mutaho, Kanyarucinya, Kibati and in the mountains near Ndosho, causing people to flee for the fifth or sixth time this year.

24 May 2013 description

CAFOD is concerned at reports of renewed fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The fighting broke out this week in areas west of Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, between the Congolese army and the rebel group M23. People in towns and living in camps have been caught in the crossfire.

People in Mugunga camps I and III and in Ndosho on the outskirts of Goma reported hearing heavy shelling nearby. For many previously displaced by fighting, this will be the fifth or sixth time they have had to flee in the last two years.

14 Feb 2013 description

Depuis plusieurs années la communauté internationale a essaye de stabiliser l'Est de la RDC, a un cout des milliards de dollars, mais cette paix durable continue de faire défaut. Les élections présidentielles et législatives de novembre 2011 étaient perçues comme étant peu crédibles et en ce qui concerne les élections provinciales et locales, elles ont été reportées indéfiniment. Peu de progrès ont été constatés quant aux réformes cruciales dans les secteurs de la justice, la sécurité, les affaires foncières et de la gouvernance.

14 Feb 2013 description

Goma, 14 February 2012 – For years the international community has attempted to help stabilise eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), at the expense of billions of US dollars, yet sustainable peace remains elusive. Elections in November 2011 were widely seen as lacking credibility(1) and provincial and local elections have been delayed indefinitely.

29 Nov 2012 description

CAFOD is continuing to monitor the humanitarian situation in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Its programme manager in the country, Bernard Balinuno, has sent this latest report:

“The markets have opened in Goma, but food prices remain high and many people cannot afford to buy enough to eat.

“The schools remain closed as so do the banks. The schools are expected to open next week, but many families are too fearful to let their children leave home and send them back to the classroom.

21 Nov 2012 description

Rebel group the M23 entered the town of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo yesterday morning taking control of the airport. Reports from CAFOD partners on the ground indicate that tens of thousands of people are fleeing, and hundreds are taking refuge in Church buildings.

CAFOD partner and deputy director of Caritas Goma Father Arsène Masumbuko has been at the heart of calls for dialogue as the solution to DRC’s cycle of conflict.

19 Aug 2012 description

In the past two months, the conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo [DRC] has worsened.

As rebel forces have moved towards the city of Goma, there have been reports of massive human rights violations, including rape, the killing of civilians and the recruitment of child soldiers. More than 250,000 people have now been forced from their homes, and many are living in very basic conditions in temporary camps.

12 Jun 2012 description

Despite fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu Province, we have been able to get food aid through to people in desperate need.

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16 May 2012 description

We have pledged £50,000 to support families made homeless by renewed fighting between government and rebel forces in North Kivu Province.

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Thousands of families have been forced to flee their homes because of renewed fighting between government and rebel forces in the eastern DRC.

20 Apr 2012 description

Renewed military action against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) risks triggering further devastation for local people in DR of Congo, Central African Republic, and South Sudan unless more is done to protect civilians and prevent retaliations by one of Africa’s most brutal rebel groups, ten local organisations and international agencies said today.

19 Mar 2010 description


The practice of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) participating in the leadership and management of country level clusters is occurring more frequently in recent years. In several situations, cluster leads are approaching NGOs to take on roles in the cluster, such as coleadership. This review draws on the experiences of NGOs in cluster leadership and management in the four focus countries of the NGOs and Humanitarian Reform Project: Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zimbabwe.